Elba Peak (Jim Sage Mountains HP)

Elevation: 8,046 ft
Prominence: 2,342

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This peak is not in the book. Updated June 2020


Elba Peak is the highest point in the Malta Range/Jim Sage Mountains, which is classified as a subrange of the Albion Range. The actual summit is located just north of the Elba Benchmark. The name Jim Sage Mountains refers to the Southern Portion of the Malta Range. USGS Kane Canyon

Elba Peak viewed from the east.

Elba Peak viewed from the east.

Access

From Malta, Idaho, drive south on Highway 81 for 6.0 miles. Turn west onto the signed 2160 S. Kane Springs Road. The road is a good county maintained gravel road until it turns northwest toward a ranch. Turn left on the two track that leaves the main road at this turn. The two track is good at first but soon deteriorates. Keep your eyes open, there is a major washout that is somewhat hidden. If you are driving too fast you could end up driving into it. This washout can be bypassed with some difficulty on the left.  When the road nears Kane Canyon it becomes narrow and overgrown. There are no places to turn around until the road reaches its end at thd 6,640 foot contours. A 4WD is required. The washout is likely to get worse and may soon be impassable. Additionally, I would advise against using this route after the grass dries out. It would be nearly impossible to escape a range fire if you were on the upper portion of this road when a fire started.

The driving route from ID-81 is shown in purple. It is 7.4 mikes with 1,930 feet of elevation gain from ID=81 to the roads end. The hiking route is shown in blue. The ascent covered 1.8 miles with 1,200 feet of elevation gain round trip.

The driving route from ID-81 is shown in purple. It is 7.4 mikes with 1,930 feet of elevation gain from ID=81 to the roads end. The hiking route is shown in blue. The ascent covered 1.8 miles with 1,200 feet of elevation gain round trip.

East Rib, Class 2

From your parking spot, continue up Kane Creek and cross the creek following an overgrown path. The canyon soon splits. Take the left fork and climb up the rib as shown on the map above. This rib is steep but has no obstacles. Follow the rib to the face below the point containing the Elba Benchmark. Contour left and then climb up to the summit ridge. The high point is south of the USGS Benchmark.

The rib melds into the peak’s east face. The easiest line climbs up just east of the Snowbank.

The rib melds into the peak’s east face. The easiest line climbs up just east of the Snowbank.

Richard Carey’s register on the summit.

Mountain Range: Albion Range

Longitude: -113.49449   Latitude: 42.18409

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